The hockey world is reacting to Steve Yzerman's announcement to retire from the game of hockey after 22 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings.
Some of the game's greatest players were at Monday's press conference at Joe Louis Arena to show support of the longtime captain, including former Red Wings greats Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Larry Muryphy.
Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux also commented on Yzerman's legacy:
"Steve Yzerman was a tremendous hockey player who epitomized everything good about our game. He loved the game and played with passion every night. He was a winner who led Detroit to three Stanley Cups and was always there for his country to represent Canada on the international stage. He was the face of the Detroit Red Wings for the past 20 years and will be remembered as one of the best players and leaders that ever played the game of hockey. It was a pleasure to have worked with him. -Wayne Gretzky
"Steve was a great ambassador for the game of hockey and will be sorely missed by everyone associated with the Nation Hockey League. Steve was a great leader, a great teammate and most importantly is a great person. I was fortunate to play at the 2002 Olympics with Steve and we won a gold medal together. It was a memorable experience and something I'll always cherish. I wish Steve the best of luck." -Mario Lemieux